Oh, to be Benedict Cumberbatch. First of all, his name is Benedict Cumberbatch. People in the United Kingdom apparently use his last name as a verb, as in “he has cumberbatched the audience”, which does sound like the type of thing those fine people in Britain would say, now doesn’t it? I’m flummoxed as to what it could possibly mean, though.
Benedict Cumberbatch, or Bandersnatch Cummerbund as he’s known in the Washington Post, is an English actor of some renown. My theory is that he is at least 12.94% more successful because he’s called Benedict Cumberbatch than he would be otherwise. Many actors with such polysyllabic nominal constructions tend to change their names Archibald Leach style, but Mr. Cumberbatch made the wise decision early in his career to keep his given name. The result – he was named British GQ Magazine’s Actor of the Year for 2011, commonly known as the most prestigious award an actor can ever receive.
On his name, Benedict has said the following :
“Cumberbatch – it sounds like a fart in a bath, doesn’t it? What a fluffy old name.”
This makes me think he should write for this blog, to give us a proper posh sounding English voice among our writers. It’s a tone that would particularly give a nice flourish to all our baseball related articles – Rollie Fingers, what a fluffy old name, old sport. And anyone who describes their own name as fart in a bath would probably fit right in here at Funny Names HQ. I’m sure we’re next on his list of things to do, just after the Spielberg flick and before the Oscar.
So let’s see, what else is there to say about someone named Bandersnatch, I mean specifically not named Bandersnatch. He’s had a few very good years as an actor, appearing in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse as well as playing Stephen Hawking in a film cunningly titled Hawking. He is perhaps best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in a BBC series about the detective. One would hope he was most famous for performing in something called Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders on BBC Radio 4, but something tells me some of you out there might have missed it in spite of its fabulous title.
So there you have it. There’s no name like Benedict Cumberbatch to propel you to worldwide fame, which he surely will achieve in the next few years, playing the well named dragon-type fellow Smaug in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, as well as a leading role in the forthcoming sequel to Star Trek, which will probably not be called Star Trek XII, but really ought to. The number of times he has been suggested as fodder for this blog actually implies he’s already reached that fame. Hey, it couldn’t have happened to a funnier-named individual.